Danny Espinosa has bone chip in wrist

Danny Espinos's wrist sounds like a major concern.
Danny Espinos' wrist could be a major concern. (USATSI)

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Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa is dealing with a bone chip in his right wrist, manager Davey Johnson told reporters on Friday (via Amanda Comak of Washington Times). The bone broke off Espinosa's wrist when he was hit by a pitch from Braves starter Paul Maholm on April 14.

Johnson further told reporters that Espinosa is shut down from all activity for the next two to three days before a course of action is decided upon. He needs the bone to heal, but after that -- as long as Espinosa can deal with the pain -- he might be good to go. Of course, a worst-case scenario is surgery if there's a setback (via Dan Kolko of MASN).

Espinosa, 26, has been struggling in a major way this season. He's hitting .163/.196/.291 with 40 strikeouts and only four walks.

Steve Lombardozzi will start in Espinosa's absence on Friday night. Beyond that, it's worth wondering about the possibility of Anthony Rendon playing second down the line. He's hitting .330/.473/.625 for Double-A Harrisburg and, while he's mostly played third base, he's played five games at second. He was up in the majors earlier this season for eight games, when he hit .240 with a .367 on-base percentage.

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